Reflection: Lesson Planning That's a Wrap: Counting Bodies and Themes in Act V of Othello - Section 2: Act V Reading and Listening


I made a rookie mistake today by using an audio version (the free LibriVox recording) that I did not preview in advance. I am always really careful about this, but with the hectic cycle of keeping up with grades and life, sometimes I am not as planned as I ought to be.

Was it the worst thing in the world? No. Was it pretty awful? Yep.

No disrespect to LibriVox, but the piecemeal recording of different voices for each part ended up being a distraction from the climax of the play. While we were able to laugh at the end of class about the computer voice version of Bianca, I think my efforts to finish the play faster are for naught as I will have to go back and review key aspects of the text on Monday.

The good news is this is only one of a few days of deep analysis of Act 5. As the students work to apply their learning with this act, I have full confidence that they will bounce back and take from Act 5 what they need to take from Act 5, which is a sense of indignation at Iago's fate as compared to the fate of those he manipulated. In addition, they will be able to identify and then discuss key themes as they reach their conclusion in this act.

My kiddos are resilient (Thank God!) and I have learned an important lesson today. =)

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That's a Wrap: Counting Bodies and Themes in Act V of Othello

Unit 6: Literary: Thematic Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their ability to read and comprehend text independently and proficiently by reading and interpreting key scenes from Act V of Othello.

Big Idea: A body count...and no justice served. How will Shakespeare finish this play?

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